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The Obama Administration: July 1-17, 2011

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This article is the 60th in a continuing series chronicling the unfolding history of the Obama Administration. The writer's opinions are not offered, leaving the readers to arrive at their own conclusions.

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" I will not sign a 30-day or a 60-day or a 90-day extension. That is just not an acceptable approach. And if we think it's going to be hard--if we think it's hard now--imagine how these guys are going to be thinking six months from now in the middle of election season where they're all up. It's not going to get easier. It's going to get harder. So we might as well do it now--pull off the Band-Aid; eat our peas. Now is the time to do it. If not now, when?" __Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, expressing his frustration with the U.S. Congress's immature political posturing on raising the debt limit of the Federal Government, July 11, 2011

 

Day892/July1st/Friday: The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of Texas and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by wildfires during the period of April 6 to May 3, 2011. Federal funding was made available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures in the counties of Andrews, Archer, Armstrong, Bailey, Baylor, Brewster, Callahan, Carson, Castro, Clay, Coleman, Concho, Cottle, Crockett, Dawson, Duval, Eastland, Garza, Glasscock, Hall, Hemphill, Hockley, Irion, Kent, King, Lynn, Martin, Mason, Mitchell, Moore, Motley, Pecos, Presidio, Scurry, Stephens, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Terry, Throckmorton, Tom Green, Trinity, Tyler, Val Verde, and Young. Source

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The President proclaimed July 1, 2011, as the 40th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment that lowered the voting age to 18. Source

T he President departed the White House for Camp David .

The week's West Wing Week was released.

Day893/July2nd/Saturday: In his Weekly Address, the President spoke about reducing the United States's deficit and creating jobs across the country. Transcript Video

Day894/July3rd/Sunday: The President departed Camp David and returned to the White House.

The President issued a Presidential Memorandum to inform the United States Secretary of State, " Pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 7(a) of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-45) (the "Act"), I hereby determine that it is necessary, in order to protect the national security interests of the United States, to suspend for a period of 6 months the limitations set forth in sections 3(b) and 7(b) of the Act ."

Day895/July4th/Monday: T he President and his family hosted a Fourth of July barbeque, USO show featuring Train and Amos Lee, and fireworks display for more than 1,200 military heroes on the South Lawn of the White House. The President delivered remarks. Transcript Video #1 Video #2 Video #3

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The Office of the Vice President launched an official Twitter account @VP with a call from Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden asking all Americans to remember our troops and military families on Independence Day. Source

Day896/July5th/Tuesday: T he President and Vice President Joe Biden met with the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker and General John R. Allen Commander International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan. Vice President Biden, National Security Advisor Thomas E. Donilon, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen also joined the meeting. The President and his team discussed implementation of the next phase of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, including consolidation of the gains that had been made in breaking the Taliban's momentum and training Afghan Security Forces; the reduction of U.S. troop levels that the President announced on June 2011; and the process of transitioning lead security responsibility to the Afghan government. Source

The President and Vice President met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Oval Office. Source

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.

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